Saturday, May 23, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Steven Long's Black Panther play reading June 12th (Hyde Park)

I have had the distinct pleasure of researching a script that deals with Fred Hampton's relationship with Jeff Fort in 1968. How they were having discussions of a possible merger between the Blackstone Rangers and the Black Panthers. But whom would join who? It's a comedy/drama called JEFF FORT AND FRED HAMPTON: A REVOLUTIONARY LOVE STORY. It is an funny, honest look on race, politics and potential. This has been presented at the Classical Theatre of Harlem in NYC and the Dramatists Guild in NY. The Hyde Park Community Players has asked for the show to be presented there. We think there is probably no better place, because most of the discussions happened in the Hyde Park/Woodlawn area (where Jeff Fort lived). 
Steven Long

The reading will be June 12th at 8pm at 5500 S. Woodlawn Augustana Lutheran Church. There will be a $5 dollar donation at the door and light snacks will be provided. Also the reading will have a talk back with the surviving brother of Fred Hampton, Bill Hampton (presently on Hate Crime Commission for the Governor and recently elected Commissioner of Maywood Park District) and we are tentatively scheduled to have legendary attorney Flint Taylor (defended the Hampton family for wrongful death lawsuit against the city) to add his perspective to the script. 

Please RSVP by June 8th via email, and I hope to see you there. 

Steven Long

Monday, May 18, 2015

All-Female JULIUS CAESAR at Harlem Shakespeare Fest- June 8th (Harlem)

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Jamal Williams' ELIZABETH'S PRECIOUS KITTY May 7th through 17th (NYC)

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Friday, May 1, 2015


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Staged Reading Of A New Script in Chicago

Steven Long wrote a script called GANGSTAS, which is about a corporate street gang in Chicago and the importance of youth making right choices in bad neighborhoods. Part of his outreach has been with staffs of youth social service agencies, two of which are solidly behind supporting the script. One is GRIP Outreach for Youth and the other, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. It is important to note that both organizations said they see the benefits of the script to help at-risk youth. Mercy Home for Boys and Girls has agreed to host the reading in as the Gangstas script has been read and affirmed by key staff members who see it's accuracy and relevancy. Mentors from GRIP will be reading characters in the script such as Dr. Ulysses Burley who travels the world with the Lutheran Church on HIV/Social Justice issues, and Babatunde Oshinowo, a former Chicago Bear who is an active mentor at GRIP Youth Services. Alongside a host of young talented artists including Booker Vance, Kenwood Academy Senior and National Finalist in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. The reading will be at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 W Jackson, on the evening of Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7pm. For more information regarding the script, please contact Steven Long at

Friday, April 17, 2015

Watch Nathan James as Brutus TONIGHT in Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR (Online live broadcast)

Marcus Brutus, played by Nathan James, argues with Cassius,
played by Vaughn Davis, in Penn State School of Theatre’s
outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s 'Julius Caesar.'
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Hello friend and supporter, 
Tonight, I will portray Brutus in Julius Caesar at Penn State University. Can't make it? No problem!!! It will be broadcasting live online at 7:30 from the link below.  

Thank you so much in advance for your support, and ENJOY THE SHOW! 

Nathan James

Exploring the cause... the words of Pinero

Mwalim DaPhunkeeProfessor includes the issues of today in his spoken word course, WORD! at UMass Dartmouth.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Flash Mob celebrates Gil Scott-Heron for Poetry Month

My WORD! Class Did a Flash Mob reading of three works by Gil Scott-Heron in honor of Poetry Month and the late bard's birthday (April 1).


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Shaun Neblett's "Homage5: Life After Death" reading April 13th (NYC)

"Homage 5: Life After Death" is the latest play that writer Shaun Neblett is finishing in his "7 Homages for 7 MCs" play cycle. The play pays homage to the second and final studio album by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G. Shaun is very excited to return to The Blackboard Reading Series for the debut reading of this play.
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